Teens face charges after shooting a 9-point buck and leaving it.
Skyler Welch, 19, and Dillion County, 18, were both arrested by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries(DWF) agents for shooting a buck in Montgomery.
They are being charged with hunting deer during a closed season, hunting during illegal hours with an artificial light source, hunting with an illegal weapon, and hunting without licenses or tags.
Montgomery Chief of Police Dennis Mcguire was originally called to the home after Welch’s stepmother reported a gun had been stolen from the residence the night before.
The stepmother told Mcguire that Welch had said he was going to shoot a deer, but wasn’t for sure if he had actually done it. After receiving permission to look around the property, Mcguire found the buck in a field behind the house. DWF were then contacted to begin an investigation.
Welch was arrested later that day on separate charges after he refused to stop for another police officer who tried to pull him over for speeding. The gun used to shoot the buck was still lying in the vehicle.
The .22 magnum rimfire rifle was confiscated by DWF before they interviewed both Welch and County. Both teens denied shooting the deer at first, but County confessed shortly after.
County told police they saw the deer, went to get the gun, and then went back to search for it again. Once they spotted it Welch shot and dropped the deer. He then ran over to it and shot it again at close range.
In Louisiana, hunting deer out of season and during illegal hours with an artificial light each carry a $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Taking deer with an illegal weapon is up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. Failing to posses a deer tag or hunting license is up to a $300 dollar fine and up to 60 days in jail.
Both teenagers may be faced with paying an additional $2,033 in restitution and may face separate charges for theft of firearms.